Death is not an alibi.
The dead really aren't that different from the rest of us. Some work honest jobs and pay rent on their host bodies every month, right on time. But some of them refuse to play by the rules. Police Exorcist Arphallo Sirus and his murdered partner, Sam Trent, hunt down the ghosts that break the laws of the living and the dead.
The Dead Beat is a short-story serial. This volume contains the first nine stories.
1. The Restless and the Wicked
2. Death Do Us Part
3. Dressing Down
4. Sealed by Night
5. Blood in the Water
6. Save the Date
7. Taking Prisoners
8. Drink Deep
9. The Death of Arphallo Sirus
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An Exciting Prelude to a Larger Story
I'd listen to The Dead Beat again, as the world in which it's set is really fascinating. The gritty noir Detective story in a world where "skin-riding" ghosts are a fact of life is really cool. There were all sorts of hints to a bigger mystery scattered throughout these stories and I want to make sure that I caught them all.
I haven't ever read a book like it. In form, I'd compare it to an Anime or a modern TV Show like the new Battlestar Galactica. This is a serial of short stories. Each one is a short story, like an episode of BSG, but there's a direct continuity and a larger arc between the stories (like a season or a complete series). This collection almost felt like a pilot mini-series; it's a whole story, but it's really setting the stage for something grand. I can't wait to hear the next volume, when it's released!
Daniel Dorse's performance was spectacular. He created the archetypal chain smoking noir detective, his deep gravely voice rumbling along and really contributing to a great ambiance. I wish the "performance" rating were more granular. I'd give his reading a 5 star rating, but the post-production could use some work. There were some volume discrepancies, especially once between stories where I had to jump and turn down the volume dramatically, as the gain on the recording seemed to be suddenly much higher.
"The Dead Beat" is a perfect title.
This collection is a little short, but at less than a matinee movie ticket it's well worth the price. I found myself smiling, laughing and cringing along with the characters, all the while being sucked into the life of a police exorcist. I can't wait for more.